Will Sugar Subs make you Thinner?

July 25, 2011

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Next time you sit down at a restaurant, count how many different products are in the sugar bowl. You’re almost guaranteed to see a blue packet, a yellow packet and a pink packet next to the traditional sugar packs. There are so many different sugar substitutes out there, but will they help you with your weight loss goals?

For the most part, sugar substitutes help control weight, they don’t have as big of an effect on your blood sugar and they don’t contribute to tooth decay. However, it is important to research your different options as all sugar substitutes are not Equal (pun intended).

Sweeteners that replace regular table sugar seem like the perfect weight loss tool but that may not necessarily be the case.

Some contain sugar alcohols which do contain calories. These substitutes can still increase blood sugar. So always check the label and find out what you are eating. Other sugar substitutes may contain as much or more calories than regular sugar. No matter what sweetener you use, you should also be aware that your brain will get used to the sweetness and crave it, no matter what form it’s in – that may make you eat more at any given sitting and crave the no-nos.

Regardless what you are using to sweeten your meals, moderation is key. If you have a craving for something sweet, it’s OK to indulge once in a while, just don’t overdo it. And always remember, sugar free does not mean it is calorie or fat free.

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